Updated 17 February 2014

Long sentences better for babies' development than baby talk

Forget the baby talk. Using longer, more complex sentences is much better for building your baby's crucial language and vocabulary skills.

The sooner parents start explaining the world to their baby, the better.

The idea is to connect words and meaning, so the brain becomes primed to learn through context: "Let's put the orange in this bowl with the banana and the apple and the grapes."

Millions more words

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Childhood educators hold key to kids' verbal skills




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